Saint Etienne announce that their brand new album ‘Home Counties’ will be released on the 2nd June 2017.
It contains 19 ‘tracks’ inspired by their bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of their lives.
Recorded in the summer and autumn of 2016, it’s co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.
You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette - with some exclusive extras – from their SHOP.
Sarah Cracknell says: “We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he’s a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new.”
Bob Stanley says “Suburbia’s anonymity is exactly why it’s a source of inspiration. They said it couldn’t happen here – and it didn’t.”
Whilst Pete added “We took a ride and ran with the dogs”
As a taster of what’s to come they’re streaming a special preview song from the album entitled ‘Heather’ here
They set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows….
Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival
Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound
Fri 2 London - Royal Festival Hall
Sat 3 Cardiff - Tramshed
Sun 4 Birmingham - Town Hall
Tue 6 Bexhill - De La Warr
Thu 8 Newcastle - Sage
Fri 9 Edinburgh - Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield - City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester - RNCM Concert Hall